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Thousands gather at Expo before Rock 'n' Roll

Posted April 11
Updated April 12

— A whopping 12,500 runners are registered to participate in the Rock 'n' Roll Marathon and Half Marathon in downtown Raleigh this Sunday. Before the race, they will gather with friends, family and the community at the Raleigh Convention Center for the Health and Fitness Expo Friday and Saturday.

Your quick guide for the Rock 'n' Roll Marathon and Half Marathon.

Race participants can pick up their packets and last-minute gear at the expo. Forty-nine states and five foreign countries are represented at Raleigh's inaugural Rock 'n' Roll race, and 40 percent of the runners are coming from outside the Raleigh-Durham area.

The expo is free and open to the public, so everyone is welcome. More than 100 vendors and exhibitors are at the expo with tips, information and education.

Read more Rock 'n' Roll stories, coverage.

Race course, concert locations
The marathon begins and ends in the heart of downtown Raleigh, and runners will wind their way east to Chavis Park, north through the Oakwood neighborhood before making a turn to the west. The course passes William Peace University and Cameron Village. Runners of the half marathon make the turn on the campus of North Carolina State University and head back to the start/finish line. Those who choose to run the full 26.2-mile marathon continue west on Hillsborough Street and past PNC Arena before circling back downtown.

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  • wufpaker Apr 12, 7:31 p.m.

    YOU PEOPLE CRACK ME UP.YOUR PALM SUNDAY IS RUINED? SO JESUS WOULD NOT WANT AN EVENT THAT MAY... View More

    — Posted by ahkeephan66

    Don't forget this is a for-profit organization handling the event. (Jimmy V is NOT the... View More

    — Posted by wufpaker

    Canceling church, hadn't heard that one yet. Seems to me Rock n Roll Marathon organizers bent... View More

    — Posted by Bill Brasky

    Unfortunately, the maps provided by the organizer aren't entirely accurate. Their map directions to my church following their green route have me going the wrong way on a one-way street to get to my downtown church - the only route they provide. I can guarantee that Raleigh's Finest are not going to let me go down Morgan Street the wrong way.

  • Bill Brasky Apr 12, 1:33 p.m.

    Good news. Runners will be handed holy water to drink at various stages throughout the race. ... View More

    — Posted by Obamacare for America

    I'll take a glass of wine at the end.....he did turn the water to wine....didn't he?

  • Bill Brasky Apr 12, 1:30 p.m.

    YOU PEOPLE CRACK ME UP.YOUR PALM SUNDAY IS RUINED? SO JESUS WOULD NOT WANT AN EVENT THAT MAY... View More

    — Posted by ahkeephan66

    Don't forget this is a for-profit organization handling the event. (Jimmy V is NOT the... View More

    — Posted by wufpaker

    Canceling church, hadn't heard that one yet. Seems to me Rock n Roll Marathon organizers bent over backwards trying to accommodate downtown churchgoers.

    Not only did they change the course, they also have a listing of each affected church, with directions to get to that church on their website. Your argument doesn't hold up.

  • Obamacare for America Apr 12, 1:29 p.m.

    Good news. Runners will be handed holy water to drink at various stages throughout the race. That should make you folks feel better.

  • dwntwnboy2 Apr 12, 12:27 p.m.

    When churches pay taxes, THEN they can have a vote on what we do on public streets. This even will bring much needed money and jobs to the area- more so than a single sunday of church services ever will. Have yet to hear of a single church cancelling services- and if they did, thats on them. The followers can still get to every church on sunday- may take a few more minutes, but you can get there.

  • wufpaker Apr 12, 11:13 a.m.

    YOU PEOPLE CRACK ME UP.YOUR PALM SUNDAY IS RUINED? SO JESUS WOULD NOT WANT AN EVENT THAT MAY... View More

    — Posted by ahkeephan66

    Don't forget this is a for-profit organization handling the event. (Jimmy V is NOT the organizer, they are a recipient of a fraction of the money. The rest is profit for the organizer). Much more profit will go into the combined hands of the organizer and other purveyors than Jimmy V. In the meantime more churchgoers are being outplaced than the number of advertised runners in the event. I'd like to see lost collections and reduced attendance from churches compared against the 'success' of this event. Some churches have cancelled their morning worship services and/or Sunday school because of inability of parishioners to get to their churches. Why not schedule these races for the afternoon hours?I'd love to see the churches pull together for a class action suit against the city to stop this nonsense. The city certainly won't schedule these on Saturday for fear of alienating business/restaurants. The churches get to be a kicking bag.

  • ahkeephan66 Apr 12, 9:22 a.m.

    YOU PEOPLE CRACK ME UP.YOUR PALM SUNDAY IS RUINED? SO JESUS WOULD NOT WANT AN EVENT THAT MAY BENEFIT CANCER VICTIMS IN THE FUTURE HELD ON PALM SUNDAY.GUESS WHAT? HIS PRESENCE WILL BE THERE SUPPORTING THE CAUSE.LOOK IN THE DICTIONARY UNDER HYPOCRITE

  • Bill Brasky Apr 12, 8:20 a.m.

    I think the problems caused by this even are much greater than the money being spent. Please... View More

    — Posted by Honesty first

    Problems? The city just took what you say was $150k that it had already allotted for events, and invested it into the millions.

  • Honesty first Apr 12, 7:43 a.m.

    I think the problems caused by this even are much greater than the money being spent. Please post how the city council is impacted in theiractivities on Palm Sunday.

  • Super Hans Apr 11, 7:28 p.m.

    Enough of this rock and roll junk.

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